Hibs’ Malonga and Cummings in fitness race for Gers

Dominique Malonga is nursing an injury. Pic: Neil Hanna
Dominique Malonga is nursing an injury. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Hibs strikers Dominique Malonga and Jason Cummings will be given until the last minute to prove their fitness for tomorrow’s Easter Road showdown with Rangers.

Hibs’ medical team have been nursing the two forwards, who have accounted for 28 of their team’s goals between them this season, back to fitness after knee injuries.

Malonga has sat out Hibs’ last two matches because of the knock, while Cummings went off at half-time in last weekend’s win at Cowdenbeath.

Head coach Alan Stubbs is optimistic that both will be fit enough to play a part when on-form Hibs host a Rangers side who trail them by six points in the battle for second place in the Championship.

“Dom’s doing okay,” said Stubbs. “He’s trained for the last few days so as long as nothing untoward happens then he’ll be fit for the game.

“We gave Jason a few days rest earlier in the week and his knee’s responded well to treatment. We increased his workload [on Friday] so if things are good and positive, I’d expect him to be in the squad. We don’t think it’s anything too serious but we had to give him a few days to let it settle down.”

A draw between Hibs and Rangers tomorrow could see Hearts officially crowned champions. Stubbs is hopeful that scenario doesn’t come to pass, but said: “A lot of credit’s got to go to Robbie [Neilson] and his team – they deserve it. We just haven’t been able to get close enough to effect the title race. You won’t hear me saying anything other than ‘well done’.

“They’ve gone about their business in a very professional manner week to week and no-one can argue about what they’ve done.”